Golden Joe Baker Official Tribute Web Site

Songs, Stories and Memories


Hello David,
My name is Rick. I can't begin to tell you how sadden when I heard of Joe's passing. I lost touch with his act when I moved to the Merrimack Valley (Haverhill, Ma) 20 years ago. A friend of mine and I were living the memories the other night when he sent me the web site. God I had tears in my eyes when I read the stories and saw the pictures. My story like many others was that I caught his act most Sun nights back in the late 70's early 80's at The Port Hole Pub down in Lynn, Ma on Lynn Harbor. I don't know where to begin only that it was like yesterday. I used to go to the "pub" most Sun nights with a group of friends and have of course a few beers. Before the show Joe always would make a special walk to our table and greet us for the evening. We could not stop laughing. The first show I had no idea what he was going to do. By the end of the show I was just amazed how someone could have such a positive impact on such a large group of people. From then on I would make it a point to get close to the stage as Joe would always get the audience involved. I sort of liked the limelight and he knew it so he would approach me and I would just go wild. Three things stand out with regards to Joe. First one of his sayings was "I'm an entertainer you know", he always had a good sense of humor and knew how to work the crowd and the third was the most hilarious. He had come on stage and starts his act (of course after seeing him so many time I kind of had an idea what was going to happen) but this time he is singing, nothing new yet, and starts stripping, again nothing new yet, as he starts to reach for his wig to whip it off; it goes sailing into the air and lands on one of the fan blades above. You want to see/hear a crowd go wild including myself. Unbelievable, I will always cherish that moment. I guess I have been a little wordy but I am sure people know what I am talking about if they had caught one of Joe's acts. If not, they have been deprived.
Thanks for the outlet here in allowing me to share this story.
Haverhill, Ma




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